Polls open for Republican congressional primary

By Perry Russom

June 24, 2014 Updated Jun 24, 2014 at 6:24 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Tuesday night, the Republican candidate for Congressional District 22 will be chosen.

Current Congressman Richard Hanna is being challenged by State Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney.

"There seems to be no control on Washington," said Ronald Philips of Johnson City. "Once they get to Washington, they change."

Action News cameras were rolling when the the polls opened at noon and the first ballots were cast.

"I didn't want to be first, I just wanted to get here so I wouldn't forget to vote and I was out and about so I decided I'd do it now," said Shirley Harvilla of Binghamton.

Hanna has been representing the Republicans in Congress since 2011, but Tenney is calling herself the true conservative in this race.

"We need to get the people out to make sure that the right person is elected," said Donna Yudin of Binghamton.

She says Hanna caters to liberal companies in DC.

"I'm sure Claudia Tenney is an intelligent woman, but Mr. Hanna has proven himself," said Edward Grosek of Johnson City.

For the primary, Broome County consolidated more than 100 voting locations down to 33.

Four polling sites are condensed to the Port Dickinson Town Hall. That's where Michael Fiato was told he had to vote.

"Well I thought it was alright," said Michael Fiato of the Town of Dickinson. "You have to make an exception, you know. It's only a small primary."

Voters said the candidates messages were key in choosing who they wanted to move onto the general election in November.

"It's important for us to know what they want to do and how they're going to better our country," said William Moody of Binghamton.

Polls close at 9 p.m. Tuesday.